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here is an HDR shot on a 12MP Nikon D90 with 18-200 @50mm from memory the previous one i posted was from a canon 1Dmk3 16-35 @35mm

the halo on this one makes me cry  :'( it was done when i didn't know any better so please dont smite me too hard

here is an HDR shot on a 12MP Nikon D90 with 18-200 @50mm from memory the previous one i posted was from a canon 1Dmk3 16-35 @35mm

Lenses / Re: Help decide between two Tamron lens
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:17:30 AM »
first happy birthday

Personally I would stay away from Tamron gear (I owned one but it was so bad i sent it straight back and never again) especially if you are going to be shooting for paying customers. I recomend saving more and perhaps look at the canon 15-85 I know its more pricey but its going to be much better for all your uses and you have the 50 for low light wide apperture shooting.
buying a second hand tamron like that would be just a waste of your money IMO

you might be able to get a second hand one cheaper too so look around

Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:09:39 AM »
I sell mine on gumtree (the Australia equivalent of Craigslist).

Yep another strong vote for Gumtree if you are in Australia. eBay is officially on the nose now for private sellers.

Paul Wright

why is ebay on the nose?

A nice little feature on the 5DIII is the electronic level on the  screen (same as the 7D).

A nice to have for tripod work

I so need that i always get the horrizon off unless i pop my little green bubble level on top

i'm really wishing i had ordered 2 now  :-[
i almost ordered the 24-70II bundle but really wanted to try the lens out first
vs the 24 f1.4 II

if digital rev say they will do something i have every confidence that they will do it
my experience with them have all been excellent

and to pyrenees i agree with you 100% +1
(I just like to stick the slippers into our governement whenever i get a chance :) )

Lenses / Re: I'm in a lens pickle
« on: March 06, 2012, 10:04:13 PM »
It really depends on your shooting style and what you're capturing.  I can tell you first hand that a 50MM is a waste.  Everyone who says it will force you to move around heard that same thing from someone else and just keeps saying it.  It's just not productive  for me and out of all my lenses, I never use it.

On Full frame a 50mm prime is awesome I love it, quite easy to just take a 5D2 and the 501.4 out and be able to shoot all sorts of stuff as a walkabout or casually. on a crop its more of a portrait only lens but on full frame its extremely versitile.

hehe I gave you an applaud for not smiting me for saying that usually when I say that i get flayed.

here is one of mine done in photomatix and then more post in Photoshop too.
I dont like all my older HDR stuff these days

what I dont like about photomatix is every single shot gets "that" look especially when any foliage is involved at all and it goes nuts on the HSL of the image too which is really hard to reign in.

Its hard to explain but everything gets that dreamy softness to it which is why I say that photomatix is going to make the camera sensor sharpness irrelevent It makes a hassleblad look like it was shot with a rebel and thats the truth. I have been searching for the cleanest way to do HDR for ages and tony kuyper seems to me to have a really nice method which is more labour intensive for sure but give the image a more crafted finish.

When I first got into HDR I tried to mimik trey ratcilff now I try and get as far from that look as possible (I still think he is great and love reading what he writes about all sorts of stuff I just feel that photomatix actually limits how creative you can actually be with the HDR genre

Lenses / Re: Lens Recommendations - Crop (7D) to Full Frame (5dMk3)?
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:29:18 PM »
Since you said you like wide, here's a funny little thing that I think most full-frame users ignore: the Tokina 11-16mm, which is nominally an EF-S lens, can be used as a f2.8 16mm prime on full frame, and costs between $450 and $650 street.  If you look at the competition, there's nothing out there even close in IQ at that price.  It fits on just fine and clears the mirror without issue.

really? does it still work at 11 too?
i'm really interested to see pics at different lengths taken on a 5D2
so the lens actually has an EF mount bayonet then? because normal canon EF-S lenses wont even lock into the EF mount

In regard to DigitalRev, I am pretty sure that anything over $1000, GST and Duty still apply.  The question is whether the item gets checked at customs?

Its a lottery, might get checked and it might not

Lenses / Re: I'm in a lens pickle
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:45:23 PM »
that range is so small your feet can cover it with ease no problem at all i suggest geting a 50mm f1.4 first and just using that it will force you to move around and you will start discvering shooting angles and compositions you will just miss if you rely on a zoom. Zooms are good dont get me wrong but using primes force you to move around and this is brilliant for creativity.

I don't mean to be rude but photomatix is hands down the easiest way to kill any image quality from any camera
softness and noise? it introduces it in spades. (I have used photomatix alot and I cant stand the output anymore the tone mapping is just plain horrible)

If you are a fan of HDR and want to retain all of that lovely sharp raw IQ look at this method, still shoot the bracket sets but its more a manual form of controlling the tonal ranges rather than the wholesale slaughter that comes out of the cookie cutter software

but as for photomatix goes if you put D800 or 5Dmk3 files through it either will be ruined so which camera and lens is sharper becomes a moot point.

Lenses / Re: I'm in a lens pickle
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:24:28 PM »
So I have my 5d mark iii on pre-order and i also threw a 16-35L 2.8 onto the order. I already have a 24-105L 4is from my mark ii purchase in 2008. I am looking to spend $2000 on lenses for the new camera so do i return the 16-35? sell the 24-105? keep them both? i guess if i sold the 24-105 i would have $2800 to work with on building my glass artillery. I am basically just an all around photographer who does a significant amount of video work as well. would prefer to stick with canon L lenses. any advice would be great!

personally the 3 lenses I take when I travel are the 16-35 f2.8 the 50mm f1.4 and the 70-200 f2.8
this combo covers everything, I also take a kenko 1.4 TC in case i want extra reach
If you sold the 24-105 you could get the 50f1.4 and the 70-200 f2.8 IS II

I like the 24-105 but I love the other lenses

Technical Support / Re: Manual Focusing screen replacement?
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:40:10 PM »
changing the focus screen on the 5Dmk2 is incredably easy it literally takes 2 minutes then new screen comes with the littel tool to do the change.

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